365: Barbara Thurston

Who can you trust

11.6.15 You know sometimes I just get different subjects on my mind and I decide to see what God says on the subject. By the way did you know has something on all subjects, just look it up. Tonight I was thinking about who you can trust. You know my conclusion is you can't really trust but 1 person fully and that's God. 
Psalm 118: It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
Micah 7:5-6 Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms; for the son treats the father with contempt, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
A broken trust relationship leads to hurt, fear, confusion, and anger. Those feelings are real and reasonable, and you’re now cautious about trusting within close relationships. But by dismissing all close, trusting relationships, you’re also closing the door to great joy and a fullness of life God intends for you. 
While situations differ, one truth remains – you live in an imperfect, sinful world. As sinful people, each of us is capable of breaking a trust. In reality, you may not even trust your own decisions, actions, and thoughts. On occasion you may have broken someone else’s trust. We all have. None of us are perfect; we are all sinful.
It isn’t possible for even your closest friends to be totally trustworthy, but someone else is -- Jesus Christ, the Son of God. His love for you is overwhelming and led him to live a perfect life for all of us in this imperfect world. He knows all our sin and need for help. In love, He lived, died, and rose from the dead so all who place their trust in Him have forgiveness of sins and the perfection of heaven. While we have broken our trust relationship with Him, He will never fail us. We can trust Him, His love, His forgiveness, and His help in every situation while we live in a hurting world.

I'm not saying not to trust people but all I'm saying is watch who you put your trust in. I put my trust in the Lord because He is my world.

God I thank You for being there for me when I need You, I also thank you for always being trustworthy and just in all You do for us. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Why do people reject God

11.5.15 I have a question: Why do you think people reject God?
Wow I found this little example on Bible.org & it's so true.
Picture a guy floating downstream on a raft on a hot summer day. He’s having the time of his life, enjoying the ride as the cool water gently splashes on him. You’re on the shore and you know that there’s a deadly waterfall not far downstream. This guy is floating blissfully and ignorantly toward certain destruction! So you yell to warn him. You throw him a rope. But he rejects it and keeps floating toward certain death. Why won’t he grab the life preserver? Because he loves what he’s doing and he doesn’t want to believe your warning.
Why do people reject God’s wonderful offer of salvation through Jesus Christ? You would think that everyone would eagerly grab the life preserver that God has thrown out through the gospel (John 3:16): “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Why would anyone reject such a wonderful offer? Why would anyone want to keep heading for eternal destruction?
People reject Christ because they love their sin and they hate having it exposed by God’s light.
People don’t want God interfering with what they consider “a good time,” and they don’t believe the warnings of Scripture that they are under God’s judgment now and will face it eternally when they die. People think that they’re basically good and that God will overlook their faults and give them credit for their good deeds on judgment day. So they don’t repent of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ to save them from God’s judgment. The Greek philosopher, Plato, observed (source unknown), “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

*The light came into this world in the person of Jesus Christ, and His presence condemned those in darkness.
John 3:19 a: “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world ….” John has already introduced Jesus as the Light (1:4-5): “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Later (8:12; also, 9:5; 12:46), Jesus states, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
* People love darkness rather than the light because their deeds are evil.
*Those who practice evil hate Jesus, who is light, and do not come to Him for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
John 3:20: “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” Unbelievers do not just love their sin; they also hate Jesus! They hate the One who out of love offered Himself on the cross so that every sinner might not perish but have eternal life simply by believing in Him! They hate Him because He exposes their evil deeds.
* True believers practice the truth and come to the Light, so that their deeds are shown to have God as their source.
John 3:21: “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John does not mean that some have a natural bent toward practicing the truth or that doing so brings salvation. He has just made it plain that we all need the new birth and that salvation comes through believing in Jesus Christ (3:1-16).

 

I don't know about you but I don't know what would become of my life if it wasn't for Christ. I know Christ has been with me always. He is with me no matter what. 
God I think You for being with me no matter what. I can come to You any time day or night and You listen and answer. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen,

friends and family are a gift from God

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
Desmond Tutu

Friendships are a gift of love from our Heavenly Father above.

Friends make life so pleasant! Proverbs 17: 17 tells us, “A friend loveth at all times…” It is a joy to have friends that truly love you. And whom you love in return.

Our truest and closet friend is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is our most genuine friend. Unlike our earthly friendships, His love and relationship with us has nothing to do with what a good friend we are to Him. Jesus laid down His life for all of us while we were such awful sinners (John 15:13-15).

How precious to be called a friend by Jesus! Christ held true love and concern for us, though we were so undeserving. Christ is always faithful and forgiving to us. Christ’s “friendship” with us should be our example in our relationships with others. He is our master teacher in all areas of life. Let us strive to be worthy of the title given to Abraham in James 2:23, “…Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness, and he was called the friend of God.”

Throughout God’s Word are instructions on how to be a friend and on who is not a friend. God mentions over a hundred times in His Word about friends, so it must be important to Him. Proverbs 27:9 says, “Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.” Proverbs 27: 17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” God’s Word will help us to be better friends, better wives, and better mothers. His Word will teach us to be cautious with some who may not be true friends, especially those people who are of this world and its ways. James 4:4 tells us, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

We must also be careful of whom we choose as our intimate friends, especially as godly women. We need to always remember whom God gave as our dearest friend here on earth: our husbands. The women we choose as friends should help us to be better Christians. They should never replace our husband’s friendship. We must be careful to never rely on our friend’s advice and help over our husband’s, nor over our Heavenly Father’s Words of guidance.

Be sure that you honor your husband and your own mother and father with a respectful and loving friendship. Help your children to call you their closest friend and confidant, but not a silly friend who is someone only to be silly with. Our family should be our most cherished friendships, after Christ.

Cherish those godly friendships that God has brought to us. They can bring so much encouragement and joy! They will comfort us in our daily walk. Always nurture and honor these friendships; showing true signs of appreciation. We need to be good listeners and to be encouraging to our friends as they grow in godliness with us. Help them find God’s Way if they are lost. Do not intrude where you do not belong, though! Pray for them. Be gentle, patient and understanding. Never hold arrogance or meanness or any kind of envy in your heart. Make sweet memories. Laugh. Have fun. “He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants seeds of friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love” (Unknown). Plant seeds of friendship wherever you go. Be a true friend to God, your husband, and your family and to your acquaintances. Be a blessing to your friends!

 

Thank You Lord for giving me the gift of friends and family. Though I don't tell them often enough I love each and every one of them. I think You for the job you've given me, I get to meet a whole different sent of people. Lord please keep watch over my facebook family & friends and know that I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

God is watching over you

11.3.15 Is God looking after you?
Genesis 28:15
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).
When King David writes, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me,” he’s not saying, “Surely only good things will happen to me!”
The fact is bad things happen to good people. What David is teaching us is that God can take bad, evil, and difficult situations and bring something good out of them.
If you’re a believer, the Bible says all things are working together for good—not that all things are good, but that they work together for good. There’s no difficulty, dilemma, defeat, or disaster in life that God can’t ultimately turn toward good. 
When you understand God’s grace and mercy, there’s no need to fear the future. God isn’t trying to get even with you. Jesus shouldered the penalty for everything you’ve ever done wrong or will do wrong. He paid for it on the cross. So when a bad thing happens, you don’t have to think, “God’s getting even with me.” That’s how God’s grace and mercy work.

• Christians go to the future, not with a question mark, but with an exclamation point. God will be with you no matter what happens. He will help you out.

• God’s goodness provides and protects; God’s mercy pardons and forgives. God’s goodness will supply; God’s mercy will sooth. God’s goodness will help; God’s mercy will heal.

• Goodness is the fact that God gives us good things in life that we don’t deserve. Mercy means God holds back the condemnation we deserve.

"Look for God in each part of your life, in the love of family and the hearts of friends. May you live and grow in the light of His caring, and know that you are never alone." - Linda E. Knight

God is always looking after us no matter if sometimes it feels like your alone your not. God is there 24-7, you don't include Him. He knows everything going on in your life. God loves you and I and He wants us to need Him. All you have to do is accept Him as your Lord and Savior and He will watch over you also. What are you waiting for??

God I come to You thinking You for being right there with me through the good and the bad times. I know Your there with me 24-7 and You never leave me. I know I'm not always the best I can be but like I said before I'm a work in progress. Lord now please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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